Liberal heads have been exploding all over Clark County Washington ever since it was announced that the County Commissioners desire to streamline the process and by a 2 to 3 vote, selected 17th Legislative District State Senator Don Benton to head the County’s environmental department.
County Administrator Bill Barron suddenly decided to retire by September 10, likely out of disagreement with the selection. The Columbian calls it an insult and liberals are incensed and flooding the County Commission with emails expressing anger.
The County Democrat party has even gotten into the act by issuing a call for people to flood Council Chambers Tue May 07 at 6:00 PM at the Public Service Building, 1300 Franklin St. to “discuss the error” of hiring Benton.
As this blog and others have posted for several years, Sen. Benton is likely one of the most hated officials in Clark County, largely due to his critical look at things like the middle class bankrupting CRC light rail project Democrats and the Columbian want built on the taxpayers backs.
Benton has not even been given a chance to show how he will manage the department before liberals went berserk over his being hired.
To that end, Sen. Benton sent out a news release this evening, below;
Benton looks forward to heading Clark County’s environmental services,
Says new position will not interfere with service as 17th Legislative District senator
VANCOUVER – Sen. Don Benton announced today that he is the new Director of Environmental Services for Clark County.
“County Administrator Bill Barron called me this afternoon and offered me the position. I accepted, we had a very productive conversation, and I will be on the job Monday morning.”
“I am honored to be chosen for this important position. I look forward to protecting and enhancing our precious natural resources here in Clark County while at the same time streamlining our permitting process to expedite job creation for our neighbors. I thank the many people who have already emailed and phoned with their positive support and encouragement as word of my new public-service position has traveled through our county.”
Benton said his new job will not require him to step down from the state Senate, where he is in his fifth term.
“In Washington we have a part-time citizen legislature. I’d guess the vast majority of the senators and representatives – 147 of them in all – have a ‘day job’ if they’re not retired. Some of my colleagues are county-government employees, and some are otherwise employed in the public sector, in addition to those with private-sector occupations; I expect to wear two ‘hats’ as well as they do and as I always have since first elected,” Benton said. “It is a privilege to serve my neighbors and friends in the 17th Legislative District and across Clark County, and I fully intend to continue being their voice in Olympia with the same level of energy and passion as I have since 1995.”
Contact: Don Benton-600-1492
For too long we have been burdened by oppressive environmental regulations that do not actually serve anybody, doesn’t really protect anything and ends up denying middle class families good paying jobs. Benton will hopefully lead the charge to restore some much needed balance.
Liberals, in their haste to condemn someone besides one of their cherry-picked enviro-wackos to head the department are raising several bogus allegations on Benton’s hiring. Even the Columbian, ever the biased media they are known for, has done nothing to correct any of the bogus allegations and appears to actually promote them.
One well-informed citizen and business owner sent his assessment of the hiring, saying in part,
“Our commissioners have violated no ethical or legal dictate in making this appointment in this fashion. Further, day-to-day HR hiring processes would likely fail in finding and preparing appropriate executives that are slated to lead significant changes in the organization. Our commissioner’s decisive act was fully necessary to make progress.”
“For decades the liberals have staffed county department heads and other key positions with compliant persons and even some true ideologues. This has resulted in an entrenched liberal big-government structure and culture – with a continual effort to keep and increase power. Not much of this is aligned with the well-being of businesses and citizens in the community. Notwithstanding this problem, it is important to note that most of the Clark county staff employees are not part of this political cabal – but good citizens who go to work and want to do the best job they can.”
The assessment concludes,
“Bold actions like this are necessary to clean out the advocates of big-government, big-regulation, and liberal policy. Job-creating policies we install now will start to bear fruit in a year or two for our citizens. In this effort we are joining thousands of other cities and counties conducting similar purposeful work, leading eventually to renewal in both state and federal governments.”
In simple terms, the people are being put back in charge of government in Clark County.
As for Mr. Barron announcing retirement suddenly, if he finds it so difficult to work with a new County Administration, then he doing the right thing in retiring. I am confident we have numerous qualified people who can step in that will have no problem working with the new County Commission majority.
I harbor no ill will against Mr. Barron, but if he finds it advantageous to leave prior to September 15, I would be in agreement.
We have nothing to fear and finally see some real ‘hope & change’ as finally, some positive steps are being taken to help the struggling middle class in Clark County get back on their feet.
I applaud this selection and as for the sour grapes from liberals, I guess they’ll just have to find a way to get over it.